Former DHS chief: US data regulation to draw parallels with GDPR

Speaking at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said that data regulation in the U.S. may mirror the EU General Data Protection Regulation in the way of giving users more control of their data. “The focus has to change from ‘hide the data,’ which [isn’t] going to work, to ‘controlling the data,'” Chertoff said of the overall scope for any proposed regulation. He added that tech companies “are starting to acknowledge there should be some regulation about how data is used.” Chertoff also called for a closer look at tech companies bargaining free online services in exchange for user data while proposing that companies should seek to add layers to their cybersecurity systems.
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